Sukwo primary school in Saboti, Trans Nzoia County has been closed for one week after 16 toilets collapsed over the weekend.
The remaining four toilets have developed cracks and according to Ministry of health officials, cannot be used as they posed danger to users.
Trans Nzoia West Sub County Director of Education Calendar Simiyu confirmed the closure and asked stakeholders to help in constructing toilets.
Simiyu said the school needs at least 20 toilets to manage the current 660 student population adding that the ratio of toilets remain 1: 25 for girls and 1 : 30 for boys.
He said he has forwarded documents of the collapsed toilets to the Ministry of Education’s national office for intervention.
He said the toilets could have collapsed due to poor workmanship and heavy rains pounding the area.
The education officer asked all school administrators in the region to be vigilant as their institutions could suffer similar challenges if the downpour continues.
Yesterday, parents held a crisis meeting at the school and took away their children fearing they could contract water borne diseases if they remained in the institution.
The school’s Parents Teachers Association (PTA) chairman David Plasio said parents have agreed to contribute some money to construct two toilets as a response to the challenge.
He however asked well-wishers to help them construct additional latrines adding that two toilets could not effectively serve the huge student population.
Plasio said parents were worried about the effects of pupils staying away from school as that will affect their performance.
By Moses Wekesa